NICKEL & GOLD “JEWELED” World War II THIRD REICH “cyq” Code P.38 Pistol C&R
March 1944 Mfr. WW2 German Sidearm
Here we present a C&R German Third Reich Spreewerke “cyq” code P.38 Pistol, made circa March 1944 in Spreewerke, Czechoslovakia. It is estimated that some 284,500 P.38s were manufactured at Spreewerke. The P.38 was designed by Walther to replace the Luger P.08 as the standard service weapon for the Third Reich’s Wehrmacht. The Luger was a ground-breaking design, but quite expensive to produce.
The P.38 was the first locking breech pistol to feature the double/single action firing mechanism with a decocking safety lever, a prelude to many modern pistols to come. It also features a loaded chamber indicator that is both visible and tactile, extending out of the top rear of the slide, just above the hammer. The falling block locking mechanism was also carried into future pistol designs. Many of these design features are found in the Beretta 92 or U.S. M9 pistols.
The Wehrmacht, which was the unified armed forces of Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1945, was the primary buyer of these pistols, but the German police also used about 6,800 P.38s. The left side of the slide is marked “P.38” and “cyq”, the code for Spreewerke. The gun bears the acceptance mark “Eagle/88”.
The overall condition is good. This was almost certainly a bring back from during the war and was refinished by “jeweling”, nickel and gold plating. Some spots around the top and safety of patina and pitting. The action is excellent. The bore is patinated with strong rifling. The grips are solid. Numbers match. A uniquely finished P.38!
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 5 inches.
Caliber: 9x19mm Luger (Parabellum)
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING. Will need to be sent to your local FFL or C&R licensee. This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
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